Another voice: Drop the bluster on North Korea

As the press pool was being ushered out of the room, a reporter asked specifically what Trump plans to do about North Korea. Beijing does have leverage over Pyongyang and could help get North Korea to the negotiating table.

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement China must decide if it is willing to back imposing stronger U.N. sanctions on North Korea over Friday night's long-range missile test, the North's second this month.

"Pyongyang is determined to develop its nuclear and missile program and does not care about military threats from the USA and South Korea", state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times said on Monday. And while experts question how soon a reliable nuclear weapon can be fired on a missile, it is wise to assume that North Korea's program will continue to advance, putting the United States and its allies South Korea and Japan at greater risk, unless a way is found to break the present cycle of threats and testing.

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The administration has said North Korea must send a "tangible signal" that it will abandon its nuclear program before talks even begin.

It is simple. While Trump is tweeting and playing golf, North Korea is getting closer to having a nuclear missile that could strike a major United States city. Reports indicate that over 90 percent of North Korea's foreign trade is with China and 95 percent of its foreign direct investment comes from China.

Abe told reporters after his conversation with Trump that repeated efforts by the global community to find a peaceful solution to the North Korean issue had yet to bear fruit in the face of Pyongyang's unilateral "escalation".

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"North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability", Pacific Air Forces commander General Terrence J. One of the options is reported to be Washington's commitment to withdraw most of its troops from the Korean peninsula in the case that the North Korean regime collapses.

Limited strikes against North Korean launch sites or military installations could pose a similar problem - complicated further by concerns over North Korea's increased ability to hide its testing from the U.S. until the last minute.

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